I know I will get a good diversity of answers but, I'm curious to know which hone I should pick-up. I know, the question was asked in the past and the popular answer is either a Chinese 12k or a Barber Hone.
Where am I going with this? Well, easy, I am no honemeister, I have a stone over here (Barber Hone), it works to maintain the edge of my straights but it's not as smooh as when I get the straight back from the honer.
Normal? Yes, we are not using the same stone, different grit, different skills. All good with this so far. I don't think there are any magic hones out there but there must be something that would take the straight closer to the smoothness I get when it's freshy honed.
I know that I can pick a finishing hone and use it like a barber hone. The higher the grit, the smoother it will be. I am looking at Japanese stones at the moment and they seem to be very high (grit) but I'm wondering if they won't be too high. If I use the straight and it will be past the point of using one of those natural stones that will bring back the smooth edge.
I'm very happy with the barber hone but, if I can get a smoother edge, why not?!
At this stage, all I want is something that will give me a brillant finish on my edges. I will probably continue and buy more stones later but I can't buy all of them at once. If I get one really good finishing stone, then I can see from there where I'm going.